How to Peel Peaches and Tomatoes for Canning

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Although I’ve been canning for 4-5 years now, it was only about 2 years ago that I learned this simple trick for peeling peaches that has made canning an easier task. I was missing out! My 6 year old and I made this short video the other night, while peeling 40 lbs of peaches. She’s behind the camera, so I apologize for a few rocky moments (but overall I thought she did pretty well!). If you wanted to use this method for when you are canning […]

Q&A Video Blog: Eating Healthy During Summer Travels and in Other’s Homes

In today’s video, I’m answering this question from a reader: How do you handle situations where you know you will be eating at someone else’s home… and the home you are eating at does not eat whole foods? I am trying to get my family on a more whole food/healthy food diet but when we are out at friends or relatives we are served “regular” food.  What do you do when in these situations? For those who didn’t watch the video, here is a quick […]

How to Make Nut Butter

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If only I had known how quick and easy it was to make my own nut butters, I would have started doing it a long time ago! I think that for most people, the idea of making smooth and creamy nut butters feels daunting. They’re the kind of thing that, even if you love making food from scratch, you just buy anyways- like hard cheeses and macaroni noodles. The truth is, they require little more than absent-mindedly watching a cookie sheet of nuts in the […]

Staying Motivated to Exercise

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Written by Stacey K, Contributing Writer Once the initial excitement of New Year’s goals has passed, the reality of sticking with an exercise plan can become difficult. As keepers of the home, we have much to do every day. It is easy to knock exercise off the list in order to get something else accomplished. This might be necessary occasionally, but in the long run, it will hamper our ability to reap the wonderful benefits regular exercise has to offer. Benefits that will help the […]

Bulk Herb Store: 5 Holiday Tea Collections to Give Away!

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I like me a good cup of tea. Many of the people who visit my home comment on my “tea basket”, usually overflowing with various kinds of tea– loose, bags, black, herbal, rooibos, green, medicinal, dessert-like, etc. I think that part of what I like about tea is its complex and every-changing personality. It can be subtle and calming, strong and healing, sweet and spicy, or smooth and invigorating. The combinations of herbs and types of tea that can be used are practically endless. Many […]

Herbal Honey: A Sweet Holiday Gift

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Written by Meg, Contributing Writer With the holidays nearly upon us, I know many of us are already thinking of the many gifts we are preparing to share with others this season.  If you’re like me, you also have the burden of wanting to share with those around us, but feeling the pinch of a tight budget.  Today I’m going to share one of my favorite ways to ease the burden, and sweeten your holiday gift-giving. Flavored honey is among the easiest and most delicious herbal treats. […]

1000th Post Party Giveaway: 5 Homestead Blessings Videos and $25 Gift Certificate from FBS Books

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As a homeschooling mom myself, I’ve found that it’s not always easy to find all of the curriculum and resources that you’re looking for in one place. So it was wonderful to realize that one of my current advertisers, FBS Books, not only has almost all of the curriculum that I have chosen for our next school year, but they even carry the one resource that I couldn’t find anywhere else! (It’s Leagues and Legends– geography for early elementary students, in case you were wondering) […]

Learn to Cook Nourishing and Frugal Food from The Nourishing Gourmet (And a Giveaway!)

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Do you struggle with knowing how to balance the time and budget demands of making food for your family, with your desire to cook whole, nourishing and traditional foods? If so, you will love this new eCourse being offered by my dear friend Kimi of The Nourishing Gourmet! It’s called “A Peasant’s Feast: Nourishing Food on a Budget“. Eating real food sounds great, right? But how do we fit it into our daily life? We want real food, but we also have real life schedules […]